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Yorkshire Car drivers-BEWARE of the M62 Speed Camera Gantries

Yorkshire Car drivers BEWARE of M1 and M62 Speed Cameras

So, I am a resident of Kirklees and have been a user of the M62 motorway ever since it was built. In my opinion it has been a great asset to the people of West Yorkshire and Lancashire. In fact I do not know what we would have done. Including, how the roads would have coped without this motorway.

Yorkshire Car drivers

Yorkshire Car drivers be aware Part of the M62 traffic management system in West Yorkshire

The big problem with the motorway, as we all know is the stretches between junction 25 (Brighouse turn off) and junction 27 (Gildersome turn off). Over the years this stretch has many accidents and hold ups, making it one of the major black spots on the UK motorways. It came as great relief to the Yorkshire Car drivers, “including myself”, when it was announced that this section of the M62 was to be upgraded and turned into a controlled system, similar to the one in Birmingham on the M 42 and part of the M 1 Motorway south of Sheffield.

50 MPH Road works

The work began about three years ago and we were all subjected to a 50 mph speed limit and many delays due to accidents and vehicles breaking down. Eventually the work progressed and we started to see the rise of the gantries covered in Motorway Traffic Cameras over the road, which would be used to control the traffic in the various lanes. I could not wait and gradually the work was competed and the speed signs directing us to what speed we should be doing.

 

In my opinion I think the new system is really good and it is nice to see some development on the road system for the Yorkshire Car drivers in the North where I think that in the past we have been heavily neglected by various Governments in all fields of investment. As I drive all around the country I cannot believe the investment that has been poured into the South and places like Wales and Scotland, I truly think that we have been starved of money here in West Yorkshire at the hands of politicians to please other regions of the country.

However we must not complain the car driving population of Yorkshire have now got a new controlled section of the great M62, knowing that we will see less holdups and witness less delays.

Keep your car speed bellow 70 mph?

There is however one thing that we should all watch out for, “DON’T TAKE YOUR CAR ABOVE THE 70 MPH LIMIT”. It is now known that when the gantry lights are off that the speed cameras are still working and have been “flashing” drivers who have been exceeding the speed limit. I am an older driver and rarely take my car over the limit, but there are thousands of Yorkshire Car drivers who think that the limit is now 80 mph. So when you are driving your car on this section of the M62 beware, the speed cameras are there to get you.

Speed Camera gantry signs now in operation ?

As an update I have observed that the gantries are regularly switched onto the white cross over each lane. Signifying the no speed limit signs . The information box on top says “Speed Camera”. In my opinion this is a good developments ! Because I presume that this is a clear signal and any driver exceeding 70 MPH will be flashed and prosecuted. Other gantries will not be be switched on as “Speed Cameras” . So giving a definitive line not to cross ?

According to the Huddersfield Examiner “West Yorkshire Police refused to comment further but the Highways Agency has now confirmed the new £150 m overhead gantry system between Huddersfield and Leeds CAN catch speeding Yorkshire Car drivers, even when it is not being used to slow the traffic”…More Reading…http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/highways-chiefs-reveal-m62-cameras-6152759

Article written by Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Subsequently, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Of course before starting my first business. Happily owning and running my own garage and MOT testing centre. Naturally, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. So and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars. Including, their related products that will help my business grow. Finally, we are members of Point-S and Trading Standards. Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

http://www.brake.org.uk/brake-blog/entry/speeding-never-socially-acceptable

 

Varta Motorcycle Batteries-“Powersport” and “Funstart” Motorcycle batteries are some of the Best.

Of course Varta Motorcycle Batteries  are made by the excellent Johnson Controls

Varta Motorcycle Batteries

 

Unfortunately, (now sold out to another company) the largest battery company in the World. We all know what can happen if a motor cyclist loses control of his bike. Naturally, it can be serious. Factually, most bikes are fitted with normal free flow lead acid batteries. Which as we know can spill out the acid when the battery is tipped over.

Car companies such as Mazda have been fitting AGM types into their cars for a while now, especially ones that fit inside the car and under the seat. This is of course for safety purposes, so in the case of an accident the battery will not spill out the battery acid, which could make the accident even worse if the acid leaks onto the driver who may be trapped inside the cab.

Varta Motorcycle Batteries have brought out the “power-sports” range of AGM’s , which are also suitable for other powersport vehicles, such as “jet-skis” or motorcycle scrambling and other racing bikes. These provide maximum starting power and longer charge and discharge times. These  are also totally sealed and if an unfortunate event should occur, then there would be no battery acid spillage as the battery is filled with absorbed glass matting and not free flow acid. Below is a list of other benefits from fitting an AGM battery to your motorcycle.

Varta Motorcycle Batteries Battery Terminal Construction

Robust fitment to reduce corrosion and prevent acid leakage, ensuring your battery lasts longer.

Cell Connectors

The connectors join the individual battery cells together, via the plate block, creating a shorter energy path and increasing starting power.

Extra-Strong Casing and Cover Material

Special oil-resistant plastic moulded to remain stable in extreme temperatures.

Specialized Grid Design

Created for optimum conductivity; and high resistance to vibration ; essential when you’re riding off-road.

Varta Motorcycle Batteries “Funstart Batteries”

This is another development from Varta Car Batteries Online and enables a normal lead acid motorcycle battery to be turned into a GEL battery. I have added a video from Varta, that explains how to use this excellent battery product, these batteries are known as “Funstart”. We also supply Varta Motorcycle Batteries

Eric Roberts

Of course we here at Batteriesontheweb try our best to buy the correct motor cycle battery product. As a result we can off one of our best products. The Varta battery brand. Two types are offered. The Varta AGM battery comes totally sealed. Naturally, this battery comes with a one year warranty. Consequently, we also offer a Gel premium quality battery In limited sizes only. All our batteries are sent with a next working day delivery. So, to most UK postcodes. These batteries are not cheap motor bike batteries. So are Varta quality for the first time starting of your motor cycle.

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Thomas Edison-An Early nickel-iron Battery was invented by no other than Thomas Edison

Early nickel-iron Batteries from Thomas Edison

Surprisingly, it was only recently when I was doing an article about something else. So that I came across an interesting fact. About the American inventor, no other than Thomas Edison. So, why I should  I have been surprised I did not know ! Because he invented some mind bending things . Of course, that we still use today. Thomas Edison Invention Light Bulb and the communications breakthrough of the first ever phonograph (a type of early record player).batteries,thomas edison

Thomas Edison was working on improvements to another invention. His  telegraph transmitter and he noticed that the tape of the telegraph machine. Could give him human type voices when he ran it at a fast speed.

This set his highly intelligent mind at play which resulted in the genius trying a stylus onto a tin foil cylinder and it played back the tune “Mary had a little lamb”. This discovery was to end up as the first machine to record sound and play it back, in other  words the World’s first type of record player, Batteries UK (although he used cylinders not discs). This made him famous all over the World and the devise was known as the “Phonograph”.

New battery invention !

The part of Thomas Edison Timeline . Of course,that interests me . So is the new type of storage battery that he invented. His invention could have been started off when he noticed that it was a struggle to start the engines in the cars of that period only using a cranking handle. I can remember when I was an apprentice mechanic in the late sixties; when a 12 Volt Battery went flat for some reason we had to use a cranking handle to try start the engine and it was very hard indeed.

More reading…http://inventors.about.com/cs/inventorsalphabet/a/electric_2.htm 

New life for the nickel-iron batteries ;from Stanford University.

Thomas Edison came up with a new type of battery known as the nickel-iron battery and car ownership was open to everyone who could afford a car and not just the strong people who could crank an engine to start by using only muscle power. To bring you to my main point the old Edison invention may now be brought up to date by staff at Stanford University.

The nickel-iron batteries that are used today will be used mainly for storing the Suns energy from the use of wind turbines and solar panels. These modern type batteries have a much greater charging speed, but the scientists and students still, need to work on improvements to time that the batteries can actually store the electricity that is produced. In fact the batteries can be fully charged up in only a couple of minutes and it only takes ½ a minute to discharge its load.

There is still a great deal of work to be done. But this updated type of battery will be expected to be competition. Especially, to the Lithium-Ion batteries presently used on electric car production. The new version of the nickel-iron batteries. Could even be used to accelerate the charge rate to the lithium-ion battery. So, giving it a power boost to generate faster acceleration and regenerative braking.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Best Tyres Revisited

Falken Tyres-areTyre-Safe’s New Member the UK – Tyre Blog (blog)

Falken Quality Tyres

Falken Quality Tyres

Falken Quality Tyres

 eric roberts‘s insight:

Falken tyres sign up with Tyresafe

Of course, this is good news for the Tyresafe organisation . So, as they strive forward in their drive to make Britain a safer place. Hence, by giving advice and safety information to educate. Thus, the motorists in their quest for safer tyres . Including the need to check your tyres and tyre pressures at regular intervals.

Tyresafes campaigns are beneficial to the members. Enabling them to participate in any tyre and road safety events. Coming from Tyresafe as the year goes on. Falken tyres, like many other companies do will be able to tie their own campaigns. Consequently, with the ones from Tyresafe. Making a coordinated attack on the public about tyre safety and part worn tyres.

Tyresafe have enrolled all types of companies from the tyre trade including Falken Tyres

 

From single depot businesses like my own company. So, to the giant tyre manufacturers such as Falken tyres from Japan. Tyresafe was originally founded in 2006 and in that period road related deaths resulting in tyre related accidents have fallen by 30%, a great achievement from the Tyresafe safety campaigns across the years.

In fact Tyresafe have now been able to attract other types of organisations and not just garages and tyre outlets, but such people as car manufacturers and local councils along with the emergency services have now joined the cause.

The Falken tyres director that is charge of Ireland and the UK recently explained that tyre safety was at the core of all that the Falken tyres company stood for and firmly believes that activities such as the tyre safety study that was recently carried out a t a primary school had made a real positive difference to society and this combined with the tyre safety objectives in the future will be beneficial to both companies, which is exactly my own sentiments and the reason why my own company joined Tyresafe.

Falken Bring out new Azenis FK453CC Tyre .

So, for an in depth review about this new tyre please visit the Moto Verso web page.


Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

 

UPS Batteries Have Many Uses

Solar Storage Batteries-Understanding our future storage Needs?

Solar Storage Batteries
batteries

When shopping for Solar Storage Batteries for a renewable energy (RE) system, it is important to choose a battery designed for deep-cycling, and one with a track re (Understand batteries to buy the right ones for your #RE system

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar Storage Batteries using AGM Batteries

This attached article by Kalyan Jana. Senior applications engineer for Trojan Solar Storage Batteries renewable energy group. Thus is one of the most informative articles on the subject that I have ever

read.

The World of Solar Power Systems and Solar Storage Batteries. So, has now become a crazy mixed up mix of different peoples. Setting up different ways of storing their renewable energy. There are also many Universities all over the Planet looking for different types of batteries to use for storing the suns energy or the energy created by wind turbines.

Indeed it was only a few days ago that I wrote an article about Stamford University in the USA developing the nickel-iron Solar Storage Batteries, first invented by Thomas Edison and these batteries have been ear marked for the use of Solar Storage Batteries from the sun to store the large amounts of electricity that sun produces.

 Solar Storage Batteries-The future from Trojan batteries

Many countries in the world do not have access to a grid electric supply. This sort of thing is taken for granted in the western world. But for many

Solar Storage Batteries

How a solar system works using Solar Storage Batteries

countries, such as parts of Africa. So, an electric supply is just a dream. In these days of the rapid growth in solar energy production,. Hence, the dream is starting to become a reality. It is difficult to believe that over 1.6 billion people do not have any mains electric power supply.

With the solar power revolution. It means that for the first time people will have the doors opened for better lighting. Including, better communications that will lead them to better education. Educated people can become nurses and business men. This will also mean that the people will have better school facilities. Of course,  and more access to clean drinking and bathing water.

All this will be possible because of smart grid technology that we are developing in the western world. New renewable energy sources, such as solar panels and wind turbines and better Solar Storage Batteries systems that are developed by Trojan batteries are all playing a hand that is making the dream of electricity come true to some of these poorer nations.

We think that one of the best  Types of Energy battery storage products at this present time is the Trojan AGM batteries for this purpose.

Eric Roberts

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Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips-start of by looking after your tyre pressures.

Start with your tyre pressures

The first important thing to do to look after your tyres is to have the correct pressures checked on a regular basis, I prefer to have them checked every week, but at least every two week is better than not at all.

Make sure that you have yours checked by a professional company, it is important that you fit the correct mix of, are their radials? Are they directional? Never mix different

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips

Caravan tyre blowout due to under running under pressure

Types on the same axle for example directional with non-directional, or asymmetric the wrong way round. This is one of the problems with buying your tyres on the internet; you will not know which tyres are right or wrong until you come to have them fitted, it is a gamble that you may not want to take.

While you check your tyre pressures. So, you should test the tread depth; drivers should have 1.6 mm of tread across ¾ of the tread width from the centre out, once again your local tyre dealer will do this for you, or you can purchase a simple depth gauge from your local auto DIY store.

Tyre Tips

You should always look out for any damage to the tread and side walls, look for cuts and chunks missing out.if you are not sure to get some good advice.

Make sure that your wheels have had to balance; there is nothing worse than having a shaky steering wheel when driving on the motorway. If your tyres look to be wearing off on the edges, have your Car Wheel Alignment checked out, you may soon find out that your new tyres have worn out too quickly, so have your alignment checked out perhaps when having a service.

Look out for severe weather conditions such as snow in the forecast. If you are experiencing a severe winter, you may think about fitting proper Winter tyres for safety. If you are caught out in snow or ice do not skid too much, this will also damage them, I have witnessed a  tyre ripped apart from continuous skidding.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips;  Check your spare tyre and wheel changing equipment?

Tyre Pressure-Tyre Tips Check your spare. If you have got a car without a spare make sure you have enough emergency inflator liquid in your boot. Make sure you can change a wheel on your own, this may prove paramount in an emergency. Also, make sure that you have a jack and wheel brace that is in good condition when you use it.

Finally, if your car does not drive right or feels strange when cornering, it could be dodgy tyres, centres or even worse a steering problem so get them checked out.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

Car Brake Warning Lights

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel – Driver heard a noise when clutch pedal pressed?

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel, clicking noise?

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel

Alex splitting the gearbox to get to the Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel

The driver of this Ford Focus presented his car to us. He explained that he could notice a slight change of noise in the sound of the engine followed by a sort of ticking noise?

When asked when the noise occurred he said that it was when started to press the clutch down, to about halfway. Then after the halfway point the noise clears up? The same happens when the clutch is released.

When the car engine is idling, or when you are just driving along, then there is no noise.

Then when your foot is off the clutch (either in neutral or driving in gear) there is no noise.

He said that he noticed for the first time, about a month ago. Ryan my service manager thought straight away that the problems pointed to the clutch and perhaps the Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel.

The Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel is made of many small components and clicking or ticking sounds, point towards the DMF (duel mass flywheel). The sound was only slight and the noise was covered by the car radio.

Alex tackles Ford Focus clutch job !

At first we recommended that the guy should leave well alone and to see if anything else would develop. He agreed with us and went on his way.

We never saw the car again until a month later? This time the noise became a little louder.

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel

Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel

Ryan still suspected the Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel as being the problem. We took the car in and split the gearbox from the Focus engine to inspect the DMF and clutch. The clutch release bearing and slave cylinder were examined and found to be OK.

Some reasons for the diagnosis of a problem with your Duel mass Flywheel are as follows:-

1) If you have a slipping clutch; if the cars revs become higher but cars speed does not increase, or it feels like you are riding the clutch when driving along or changing gear. Or sometimes you can smell the pungent smell of the overheated burning clutch.

 

2) Strange unfamiliar metallic noises (sounds like a rattling chain or bag of knife and forks being shook about). This noise will stop when the clutch is depressed then return of release.

3) If your dual mass flywheel has been wearing for a while then your starter motor may start to slip/spin, when you are starting the car.

The driver with the Ford Focus Duel Mass Flywheel problems came to us in good time. The DMF had started to break up and was replaced, along with a new clutch plate. So if you do hear these noises take it along to your local garage to be examined.

Eric Roberts

Point-s-Where Will the UK Tyre Market be Going Next as the giants battle it out?

Where Will the UK Tyre Market be Going Next?

What part will Point-S play?

This has always been a subject close to my own heart, I have worked in the tyre trade now for a good 40 years and like many more like me, we started our own tyre businesses in the seventies and eighties.

I am now a member of the independent tyre group Point-S, and I have recently attended the annual Point-S conference, in Stratford-On-Avon, and very nice it was too. The thing that

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A well stocked depot

struck me was the number of members that were in the same age bracket as me.

Most of us used to work for the national companies that were then owned by the leading tyre manufacturers and then decided that we could make a go out of running our own businesses and so the story goes. Many ex managers for companies like Tyreservices a Goodyear owned subsidiary and National Tyreservices, who were then owned by Dunlop, decided that if they could run a  depot for someone else then they could do it for themselves and so looked for premises and started their own  businesses.

Here in West Yorkshire. I can think of at least six people who worked for the national  retailers. Then leaving to start their own  businesses. Some also worked for the tyre manufactures. Of course, the likes of Morris Palmer in Hull, who left Goodyear tyres to form the famous Savoy tyres ! Now run by his son.

This was happening all over the UK. Revolutionized the way that tyres were sold.  To the growing market and expansion of the car market. Most households had a car by then and business was good and profitable. So, I started a business that we called Kut-Kost tyres. Accordingly,we grew into three depots and made a good living.

The advance of the tyre wholesaler.

Life went on for a few years and as we were selling more tyres. Of course, then the manufactures were offering better deals . Many of us were tempted to buy in quantity. We were at this stage having to compete with the emerging Kwik Fit Tyre Discount stores . Including the ever more competitive Nationals.

Before computers! Local newspapers would have up six different adverts. Offering all sorts of deals to the motorists. Driving down the tyre prices! Followed of course by lower profit margins. Significantly, buying containers was a way of increasing our bottom line.

At this stage we were all on a different level and knew who was the competition and could price our products accordingly to compete. What we didn’t see was the growing number of

Point-s

A very busy tyre bay

wholesalers that were springing up all over the country and were growing at an alarming rate. I remember my first visit to Southam tyres in the old Rolls-Royce factory in the midlands and was in awe at the amount of stock he carried. Reg Bond also started his empire at round about the same time forming Bond International from an old warehouse in Pocklington ,North Yorkshire and the rest is history.

Many  retailers started to buy the better deals shifting their purchases from the manufacturers to the  wholesalers in our relentless search to maintain our profit levels.

Many other things were happening, but looking back I think that this was a mistake and it gave too much power and the wholesalers, who later decided to form their own retail outlets in direct competition to ourselves, but we are all fighters and with some ducking and diving we always seem to come up with some alternative supplies of tyres and battle on.

I then sold Kut-Kost to an emerging national company owned by Shell Oil, called Superdrive . Superdrive was to form a direct completion to Kwik-Fit, but failed to get the project together and eventually my old depots were bought from Superdrive by Kwik-Fit. I then purchased and developed the business that I am in now, Pellon Tyres here in Halifax and 25 years on fell that we are going through the same torrid times that we had to endure in the early days.

In the past two years the tyre market has seen some huge changes.

These changes have been brought on by the advent of the internet and the growing trend for the motorists to buy online. I have no problem with that and indeed I sell tyres online but not at a national level, in the Yorkshire catchment area. The internet has now made it possible to buy tyres from the rest of Europe, who are now in direct competition with the British wholesalers. In my opinion it is a good thing and drives down the price of tyres making the tyre manufacturers the companies who are once again making the good profits as they did in years gone by when they would deal with retail outlets direct.Point-s

More disruption in the tyre World ahead of us

I must admit that I was feeling vulnerable as I was stuck out on my own in little Halifax, not knowing who was going to buy out what, just like the seventies and early eighties. The next thing to come along has been the emergence of the Giant supermarkets wanting a slice of the tyre cake.

I must confess that I have embraced the chance of earning extra profit by fitting for these companies, but I have a feeling that we may be “bitten in the bum” by these companies. The latest rumor that I picked up at the Point-S conference was that the Tesco/Blackcirces combination were going to turn some Tesco sites into tyre fitting operations, similar to Costco’s operations(as an update Michelin tyres have now bought Blackcircles).

If this is a fact then I fear that it will start a new round of competition from the big tyre companies, all jostling to keep up their tyre numbers. I meanwhile think that I have made a good move by joining the excellent Point-S organisation and we are now once again after many years dealing with the big five manufacturers, with all the benefits that brings with it.

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point s sign in belgium

As I said earlier we tyre guys are tough and I am sure that whatever is thrown at us we will struggle until these things disruptions pass, and we see better days again.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. So. Working for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. Of course, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products. Naturally, that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Trading Standards and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.

MOT Testing Horror

KIA Sedona- a bad Case of Rust -MOT Test Failure

KIA Sedona- a bad Case of Rust -MOT Test Failure

Modern cars these days rarely have major rust problems. Gong back a few years I remember some models of cars that were always rusting badly and rotting.

KIA Sedona,mot test

Tester Ryan Linton could get his hand into the sills of this KIA Sedona

From Italy came the Fiat Strada and the Fiat X1.9. Also some of the Lancias were rust buckets. France also sent us some rusty cars. I remember one of the first Renault Dauphins that dropped to bits when it had a slight bump. Hence, due to rust and later the Renault 12. France also gave us the early Citroen CV2s, pre 1970 models could be very bad. But they were improved after 1970.

Some of the British made cars were the Triumphs and the MGs. Of course, any of which could develop  rust problems after a couple of years. Oh, and not forgetting the Minis. Mini owners could buy a complete front end replacement that just bolted on after most of the front end had rotted and not forgetting the Mini boots of course were always swilling with water and rotting away sometimes nearly losing the battery which was kept in the boot?

KIA Sedona

German cars neither did nor fair too badly. So, I can remember rust problems with the VW Beetles, some required complete floor panels and engine mountings would rust, making the engine unsafe. Also the older members of the garage trade will remember the rusty Hillmans including the Hillman Imps, there competition to the Minis.

The list goes on and on but over the years the car manufacturers have developed modern methods of rust proofing their car products, so it was a surprise to me to about the problems that Kia were having with some of their models, including the Sedona. When a Kia  Sedona was presented to my garage for an MOT test the other day, we did not expect it to fail on rotten sills and badly corroded brake pipes. I decided to do a little research and found that the Kia’s rust problem was quit common, this surprised me because apparently some cars are fine and don’t rust but some do, this reminded me of the don’t buy a car that was made on Friday because car workers would take short cuts to get home on time.

Kia Sedona Failed the MOT test

However this particular Kia  Sedona failed the test on the holes in the sills and badly Corroded Brake Pipes, the engine was also smoky but we could cure that with diesel cleaner. The car was repaired by Ryan and was re-tested and passed.

KIA Sedona,mot test

Badly corroded brake pipes totally collapsed when they were removed. KIA Sedona

 Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. Working in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days. Before starting my first business. Now owning a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Blogging about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. Also members of Point-S and MotorCodes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre.KIA Sedona,mot test

Pirelli Winter Tyres

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Automotive Blog Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Every Car Needs Winter tyres in the Winter. This is something that I have been ranting on about for years. Of course this includes young drivers?

The problem is when you are young is what your priorities are. Most people in the young age bracket have other things to spend their money on than their cars.

Admittedly though their are some young drivers who spend thousands of well earned cash, on their cars. Upgrading the suspension and tyres and doing as much as their knowledge will allow to make them go faster.

We have all seen them flying about town or overtaking in silly places?

As a garage business owner, then I see all driver types. As far as tyres are concerned, then I think that it is the younger drivers that are supporting the part worn tyre industry.

In the area of the UK where I live and have my garage then hundreds of these small bucket shops have opened selling part worn tyres. As a result I have to pass some of these places on a daily basis. It has not escaped my attention that many of the customers buying these tyres are in the younger driver bracket.

Over the past years I have gone out of my way to ask young people about this trend. Normally it is at a family gathering where my children’s friends are attending. Of course my kids are adults now and so I ask their friends about buying part worn tyres. To my horror many of them do not know anything about them? In fact they thought that these tyres were a legitimate choice.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Do not buy part worn tyres

Shockingly, one young lady driver. So, recently told me that she had bought two part worn tyres for £20. Resourcefully, she could now afford to buy some more expensive perfume. Another frightening fact ! So is that many of the younger drivers asked ! Consequently, did not know anything about tyre pressures. Including any affects that low and high tyre pressure may have on their driving skills.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving

Scenes like this are lovely to look at but young drivers should take extra care and slow down.

To my surprise the one area of expertise concerning knowledge about their cars, was in fact insurance. They know all about the little black boxes that insurance companies fit in young drivers cars. Hence, to help reduce their insurance premium if they drive more carefully.

In general they should take notice of older more experienced drivers. When winter arrives take things steady when driving in bad weather. Carry extra clothing and a plastic snow shovel, just in case. however the best safety advice that I could give would be to fit winter tyres at the beginning of winter. Winter tyres will give the driver a safer journey and indeed more confidence when negotiating driving on snow and ice covered roads.

Make sure that you have the correct tyre pressures. This boosts ride comfort along with performance and durability of your tyres. Winter tyres are best for drivers that may have to face snowy and water drenched roads. Of course during the winter months.

Young Drivers-Winter Driving-Winter challenges all ages but careful driving will prevail

Consequently, winter driving is challenging for most motorists. Whether you live in the hills and mountains that sees a lot of snow and ice every winter. Or you live further south where you may only have a few weeks of nasty weather. Winter driving can be hazardous.

Whether you are young or old (like me) then weather conditions can be unpredictable. Subsequently, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. To ensure your driving safety this winter season, you must be prepared. As in so many circumstances in life a little preparation before hand can make all the difference later on.

Eric Roberts

 Unprepared younger drivers at risk on winter roads – Automotive Blog

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